A Thought For Saturday

There is much evidence of this out there, sadly. This is why my Facebook page is private.

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Barack Obama’s Name to Replace Jefferson Davis’ on Mississippi Elementary School

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Former President Barack Obama speaks in New York on Sept. 20. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

by Dan Corey via nbcnews.com

A public elementary school in Mississippi named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States.

Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary in Jackson, which is named for Jefferson Davis, will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary beginning next school year, the school’s PTA president, Janelle Jefferson, said at a Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night. The prospect of changing the name of what Jefferson called the best elementary school in Mississippi was raised by a student, she told NBC News. “They know who [Davis] was and what he stood for,” she said. “This has a great impact on them, because [Obama] is who they chose out…

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Happy Belated Birthday, Barack Obama!

I’ll let the title speak for itself, along with the following pictures. He just turned 56, but finding current birthday photos was difficult, to say the least!

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TECH: Rachel Sibande Founds M-Hub, Malawi’s 1st Technology Incubator

This is awesome!
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Rachel Sibande (photo via africa.com)

article via africa.com

Rachel Sibande is the founder of M-Hub, Malawi’s first technology hub. It is an incubator for technology startups with a special focus on building young tech entrepreneurs  by offering them training, skills development and mentorship. “M-Hub champions the development of technology solutions as its main lifeline. The hub invests its profits in social good programs that build capacities of children, girls and youth in developing technology applications. Ultimately, M-Hub wants to be the prime software solution provider in the nation and beyond, employing skills of young Malawians.”

Rachel’s interest in technology started in her school days when she found herself playing with different gadgets, radios and anything tech she could find. Later on, she studied computer science at Malawi’s Chancellors College and then sparked off her career as a programmer before diverting into lecturing and teaching. “Growing up I had a…

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Happy Belated Birthday, Mrs. Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama: 17 January 1964

Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the USA, turned 50 years old on Friday, 17 January. She is married to Barack Obama, who is the 44th (and current) President of the USA.

She has been under attack and under a microscope from the day her husband stated that he was running for the highest office in this country, yet has comported herself with exceptional grace and dignity. She is the mother of two teenaged daughters, Malia and Natasha (Sasha), and puts them first on her list of priorities, as any good mother would.

The hateful, ugly, and racist comments about her have been shocking, to say the least. Laura Bush was a plastic-faced freak who killed someone with her car; her daughters were sleazy bimbos, yet even mentioning those things was supposedly an attack on the entire Bush family. Michelle has been called an ‘angry Black woman’ for being passionate over things that mean a lot to her, and a ‘terrorist’ for a misconstrued statement she made about her feelings for this country. Oh, let’s not forget the infamous, ‘terrorist fist-bump’ she shared with her husband – the unmitigated gall! Michelle’s desire for good health and exemplary education for all children has made certain people claim that she’s “got some insidious agenda!” or she’s “forcing drinking water down our throats!” or even “telling us all what to eat!”

I admit to being proud of a First Lady that I can relate to – a tall, attractive, intelligent and educated Black woman and mother. One who shares my complexion. One with a heritage that is a testament to the complex and layered history of this country. I know how it feels to have cruel, evil, hateful and spiteful things said about me by frightened, envious, ignorant and inbred white trash. When I did a search for images of the First Lady, I became irritated at frustrated at the twisted, disgusting, photo-shopped images that had been created and posted by racist fucktards. There are far too many people out there who are simply terrified at the fact that some lily-white WASP isn’t the Commander-in-Chief, and will do (and say) anything to discredit and malign him and his family. Do I agree with every single one of his policies? Nope – not at all. President Obama has approved some pretty heinous things during his term, but nothing that is much different or worse than any other president before him. Seriously, think: Some of the first presidents of this country were slave-owners who imprisoned and raped young girls. They were men who slaughtered groups of men, women, and children by claiming ‘manifest destiny.’ Drone-strikes are the new massacres, don’t ya know?

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I’m getting off-topic, so I will close with this: If you hate the President, fine – do so for real reasons, not contrived rumours spouted off by wingnut conspiracy theorists. Attacking his family, especially his young daughters, is really fucked-up…psychotic behavior, if you will. The interwebs are full of the unhinged, for sure!

Happy belated birthday, Mrs. Obama. I wish there had been a role model like yourself during my formative years – I wouldn’t have felt like an anomaly.

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